heartrending

[ hahrt-ren-ding ]
/ ˈhɑrtˌrɛn dɪŋ /

adjective

causing or expressing intense grief, anguish, or distress.

Origin of heartrending

First recorded in 1680–90; heart + rending

Related forms

heart·rend·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confused

gut-wrenching heartrending
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